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Tnr, . . , .yy, MrprMvtHMrTHOfMfn m-n 1 1 f tt t rt mt rrr TTTTTT1 I ! ! ! TH T7TTTTTTTT? TTTT' 8C THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 Panthers Calendar In the Crease BRAVE NEW WORLD: Former Kings goalie Robb Stauber on participating in last week's NHL-proposed rules-testing matchups: "I have no idea who thinks of this stuff. We're not guinea pigs. We're not test tubes. This is a serious lack of respect for the players playing here." Upcoming games GREATEST TIME: ESPN's Barry Melrose on the Rangers' Wayne Gretzky, who is fourth in the NHL in scoring: "He may look back and say this was his best year ever. When he was with the Kings he had (Tomas) Sandstrom, (Jari) Kurri. Look how he's playing, and he's got nothin' to work with." MIL REPORT 23 24 26 TiO 7 30 7 27 I 28 3 00 SC FOX 2S 3:00 30 31 1 7:30 2 3 4 3:00 "hdto r...i.. n, sc sc FOX Tl. Cn C .-u,... i r-i , , " . "' I've never seen as bad a string of bad luck as we've had." JEREMY ROENICK, Coyotes, on Phoenix losing a center to injury in each of its past five games. Conference standings The new Panthers EASTERN CONFERENCE KIRK McLEAN PERSONAL Born June 26, 1966, in Willowdale, Ont. 6-0, 192 lbs Catches left. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Sixth-round pick of New Jersey Devils in 1984 underage draft. . . . Traded to Vancouver in September 1987 . . . Played in 487 games with Vancouver from 1987-98, compiling record of 21 1-228-62 with a 3.28 goals-against average. . . . Starred in Canucks' run to 1994 Stanley Cup finals, when he compiled a 2.29 goals-against. . . . Traded to Carolina earlier this season for Sean Burke; had a 4-2 record with Hurricanes that included 3-0 shutout loss to Florida. CONTRACT STATUS: Has the rest of this season and next remaining on a contract that pays $2.45 million annually. McKay's 3 lift Devils by Flyers Palm Beach Post Wire Services EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. Randy McKay scored all three goals and the New Jersey Devils all but wrapped up a second straight Atlantic Division title with a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Bobby Holik assisted on all three goals as the Devils opened a 12-point lead over the second-place Flyers with a dozen games left in the regular season. Philadelphia has 13. MARK 1977 PERSONAL" Born Feb. 2 Atlantic W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div x-New Jersey 43 18 9 95 197 137 27-7-1 16-1 1-8 21-4-4 Philadelphia 36 22 11 83 206 162 21-8-6 15-14-5 14-8-4 Washington 32 26 11 75 183 175 18-12-5 14-14-6 13-10-4 N.Y. Rangers 22 31 17 61 176 197 13-14-9 9-17-8 6-14-7 N.Y. Islanders 23 35 10 56 175 193 12-19-4 11-16-6 7-12-4 Florida 18 39 12 48 162 219 8-20-6 10-19-6 10-13-4 Tampa Bay 16 43 9 41 134 215 11-17-6 5-26-3 6-16-3 Northeast W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div Pittsburgh 36 19 15 87 196 161 19-8-7 17-11-8 13-5-6 Boston 31 25 13 75 180 162 15-13-6 16-12-7 10-7-5 Montreal 32 28 9 73 198 175 14-15-7 18-13-2 8-12-2 Buffalo 28 25 15 71 173 159 15-11-8 13-14-7 9-7-5 Ottawa 27 30 12 66 163 174 17-14-5 10-16-7 5-11-5 Carolina 27 34 7 61 166 187 14-14-6 13-20-1 9-12-1 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central W I T Pts GF GA Home Away Div x-Dallas 42 16 11 95 210 137 20-6-7 22-10-4 10-8-4 Detroit 38 19 14 90 216 171 20-8-7 18-11-7 10-5-6 St. Louis 36 26 8 80 205 168 21-9-5 15-17-3 12-8-1 Chicago 28 30 12 68 174 170 12-14-7 16-16-5 6-12-5 Phoenix 27 31 12 66 189 197 15-14-6 12-17-6 9-8-4 Toronto 24 36 9 57 158 198 13-17-5 11-19-4 8-14-1 Pacific W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div Colorado 36 19 16 88 209 17518-8-10 18-11-6 14-9-4 Los Angeles 32 25 11 75 197 179 20-12-3 12-13-8 14-7-2 Edmonton 27 34 10 64 179 199 14-15-5 13-19-5 9-15-1 San Jose 27 35 7 61 165 184 14-18-4 13-17-3 11-11-2 Calgary 22 34 13 57 185 209 15-14-5 7-20-8 10-9-3 Anaheim 23 37 10 56 171 217 11-21-4 12-16-6 9-14-2 Vancouver 21 37 13 55 195 242 12-17-4 9-20-9 9-11-6 X-clinched playoff berth Tuesday's results As a franchise, the Panthers quickly setting GEORGE From 1C At least Murray has helped there. Florida's headed due south with him behind the bench, 11-27-8 and falling fast. Even John Van-biesbrouck, the franchise's sole guarantee, has been voided. Tuesday the NHL trading deadline passed with no news on the Beezer. lie's an unrestricted free agent at season's end, which means the Panthers probably get nothing at all in return for their most prized'possession. Can't blame the rest of the league for passing at this point on a goaltender who's temporarily lost his grit, but this original Cat has used up only four or five of his lives. The Beezer, No. 13 all-time in NHL victories, will be back in the playoffs soon enough, and he won't be dragging the Panthers behind him next time. "I don't think that's a lock right now," Murray said Tuesday to the suggestion that the Beezer's departure has been sealed. "I think we'll work at signing him. From the beginning we've wanted that to happen. Maybe we're not quite as close to the numbers as where we want to be but I think on July 1 (when the Beezer becomes a free agent) they will check the CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Played two college seasons with St. Cloud State (Minnesota) before leaving school this season to play Major Junior with Seattle of the Western League. . . . Scored 42 goals in 73 college games. . . . Finished fourth in WHL with 54 goals in 54 games this year and tied for team lead with 92 points despite missing four weeks with a broken wrist. . . . Led all WHL rookies in points and was third in the league with 20 power-play goals. . . . Was named Seattle's Player of the Year and also took awards as fan favorite, humanitarian, plus-minus winner and top scorer. CONTRACT STATUS: Unsigned. Fitzgerald just as surprised as his teammates by the trade HIGHLIGHTS PARRISH in Edina, Minn. . 6-0, 185 lbs. Fitzgerald Sheppard 12 short-handed scores. Fitzgerald, who had matched last season's goal output with 10 this year, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Ray Sheppard, who was sent to Carolina earlier in the day for goaltender Kirk MacLean, was a Panther for just over two years. "This has been on my mind for awhile," Sheppard said. "You pick up the paper and see your name . . . what can you do?" Vanbiesbrouck said he hadn't expected to be traded Tuesday. "It wasn't a surprise to me I didn't move somewhere after seeing the situation play out the last few days," he said. A rumor out of New York indicated the Islanders came closest to dealing for the 34-year-old goaltender, but opted not to meet the Panthers' reported asking price of a first-round draft pick. Now Vanbiesbrouck has 13 games remaining before possibly exploring the free-agent market this summer. Skin Sensations Private Suites 9 AM-1 AM ;Call For Details 963-8812 4457-C Purdy lan Open 7 Day Karlee's BODY HEAT ,.a.: MIVlTf ! WMmiPooL urm ISCHIUM MKTIII MorCra4HCw ATM Accepted 432-9252 3485 Law Wo Road (across tan anvHni J- " J: Lii v List of trades 9C The difference has been the head-to-head play with New Jersey holding a 4-0-1 advantage while outscoring Philadelphia 18-8. Alexandre Daigle scored both goals for the Flyers, who had a goal by Chris Gratton disallowed with 21.8 seconds left. Gratton appeared to kick the puck and John LeClair was in the crease. McKay got power-play goals in each of the first two periods and he added his career-high 23rd of the season on a bad-angle shot that beat Ron Hextall with less than five minutes to play. Martin Brodeur finished with 23 saves in picking up his 40th win of the season. The Flyers outshot the Devils 18-12 in the first two periods but they trailed 2-1. Trading frenzy: NHL clubs made a total of 19 trades involving 38 players prior to Tuesday's 3 p.m. trading deadline. A partial list: Dallas acquired C Brian Skrud-land and RW Mike Keane from N.Y. Rangers for injured RW Todd Harvey and LW Bob Errey. Detroit obtained D Dmitri Mir-onov from Anaheim for D Jamie Pushor and a 4th-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft. Philadelphia acquired D David Babych from Vancouver for the Flyers' 3rd-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft. The Flyers also traded D Janne Niinimaa to Edmonton for D Dan McGillis and the Oilers' 2nd-round pick in Entry Draft. Pittsburgh acquired C Sam Pronger from Anaheim in exchange for the rights to goaltender Patrick Lalime. Noteworthy: David Poile, General Manager of the NHL's expansion franchise Nashville Predators, was named General Manager of the U.S. national team by USA Hockey. The team will be coached by USA Hockey national coach Jeff Jackson of Ann Arbor, Mich. CHEAP y 642-8843 SSSVIU 19X11 S IstsmTi WPtjE CW Su 1 M..ia GAMES 737-8580 V 969-0468 ' V 3952 S CooressNE Co" uwrtwifciCweSi V 689-7974 Amateur Contest Every Monday Nigrit S00 00 CASH PRIZE Don t M.ss It! 1 NigM Only 2 Shorn. Saturday. April 4 JASMIN ST CLAIRE Adult Entertaniment B-.nf tiits rxkn for FREE ADMISSION Up --n 7S S Mir Ihn -irM tuct states Mle OHi AY 1-OCA.H. AM t'SUHU Ti 100 ' A Fine Cigars Available f DOW is.fi ft- itiihthij UNJ ViU3 m fvcnn Chomporne Rooms New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 2 Toronto at Phoenix, late Buffalo at Calgary, late N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, late .Los Angeles at San Jose, late Today's games Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Edmonton, 9 p.m. LEGEND: A (-2V4) next to one team means that team underdog. To wager on the favonte, a victory by three team must either win, tie, or lose by less than two Monday's results Carolina 5, Florida 3 Chicago 5, Detroit 5 Thursday's games Montreal at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 7 .30 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. Summaries Devils 3, Flyers 2 Philadelphia New Jtrsey 0 1 1-2 1 1 1-3 Firit Period-!, New Jersey, McKay 21 (Holik, Elia), 6 54 pp). Penalties Kordic, Phi (tripping), 5 47, Zubrus, Phi (hooking), 11:35; Odelein, NJ (slashing), 15:14. Second Period-2, New Jersey, McKay 22 (Nle-dermayer, Holik), 5:56 (pp). 3, Philadelphia, Daigle 14 (Sillinger, Therien), 16:00. Penalties Coffey, Phi (holding), 5:36; Souray, NJ (cross-checking), 9:53. Third Period-4, New Jersey, McKay 23 (Ellas, Holik), 15:12. 5, Philadelphia, Daigle 15 (Sillinger, Coffey), 17:42 (pp). Penalties Brind'Amour, Phi high-sticking 6:41; Coffey, Phi (holding), 10:43; Bodger, NJ (holding stick), 16:29. Shots en goal-Philadelphia 7-11-725. New sey 4-H3-25. Power-plays Philadelphia 1 of 3; New Jersey 2 of 5. Goalies Philadelphia, Hextall 21-13-7 (25 shots !? saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 40-12-7 ( 25-231. A-19,040 (19,040). Referee-Rob Shick. Linesmen Gerard Gauthier, Pat Dapuzzo. NHL TV schedule Tonight Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Chicago Black-hawk, ESPN2, 1.30 p m. Thursday Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers, SportsChannel, 7:30 p.m. Saturday Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins, WSVN-7, WFLX-29, 3p m. New Jersey Devils at Phoenix Coyotes, ESPN2, P4B- in INTIMACIES cm Private Madeline 33 Body Shampoos .IsfVBl UU YCapmAw. ABSOLUTELY EDEN ? 963-6161 PRIVAfE MOMENTS 637-4299 iJ4 AtiMrtk Am iMtf I la 1 set By Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer John Vanbiesbrouck realized when he started his round during a Florida Panthers' golf outing in Palm City on Tuesday that he might be interrupted at some point to be told about a trade. But he never guessed the trade would be one involving teammate and playing partner Tom Fitzgerald. "We stopped at the turn and somebody came out and said Tommy was needed inside," Vanbiesbrouck said. "He never rejoined us, so we knew something was up." In the surprise move of the day, Fitzgerald was told he had been dealt to Colorado for prospect Mark Parrish and a third-round draft pick. Hours later he was still at the private course owned by Wayne Huizenga. "It's a tough thing to be stuck an hour-and-a-half from home, with your wife upset and your kids not knowing what's going on," Fitzgerald said. "I just want to get out of here." Fitzgerald was an alternate captain this season, possibly the team's top penalty-killer and an acknowledged team leader. His departure leaves the number of original Panthers at five. "I think everybody was surprised about him moving on," Vanbiesbrouck said. "He will be sorely missed. "We all felt he would be a lifer because of the tradition he upheld; the type of team we were is the type of player Tommy is. I understand the opportunity, but with a young family, this is hard to do. Fitzgerald, 29, was the first forward taken in the 1993 expansion draft. The only NHL player ever to score two short-handed goals on one two-minute penalty, he leaves with a franchise-record PRIVATE MODELING lofilnn'o . noi ice A . . x rt r r w i m Illiil VI HEAT SSSMLMdt lumt .Wc .. ttcMLM umu i ' r: I Crat Cm i, , t: i IBM WSUwHorrfUc S5Sf PRIVATE MODELING .1 ft--"? 11 And come running back to Miami? Not with this man's well-earned pride. The Panthers don't really want the Beezer anymore. They've been $1 million apart in contract talks all season, but it might as well be a million miles. Good luck to Kirk McLean winning more games in goal than Vanbiesbrouck in what's left of this sickening season. Acquired from Carolina on Tuesday by Florida in a trade for Ray Sheppard, the former Vancouver Canucks star is more than likely just another warm, padded body to be offered up in the expansion draft to come. Hash back to Jan. 27, before the Panthers' skid began, for a look at what defines a hot goalie. The Beezer shut out Carolina that night while McLean, in net for the Hurricanes, allowed three goals. The difference, in addition to a couple of Carolina shots that banged off the post, was a commitment to team defense, the application of superior talent and three full periods of bug-eyed hustle. Murray hasn't been able to get anything like that out of Florida's veterans so he's shipping them off piecemeal, Tom Fitzgerald's Tuesday trade to Colorado included. Another original Panther stuffed into a bag and thrown into the river. The team release announcing the trade summed up Fitzgerald's Florida career in one sentence. A much harsher sentence is due the Panthers still in place. This team has nothing going for it but a new building, set to open next season in Sunrise even as the franchise is setting. American Lingerie 963-0070 42M lMk . hit 1H HIKING NOW N.t. 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STILL LOSING Florida's 53 loss to Carolina on Monday night extended its losing streak to 13 games. The Panthers, within four losses of the NHL record of 17 straight by Washington in 1974-75, are winless in 15 straight STORMING BACK Detroit scored three goals in the third period to come back from a 4-1 deficit to tie Chicago 5-5 on Monday night. SCORING SLUMP STOPPED Detroit's Jamie Pushor got his first point since Nov. 9 with a goat in the Red Wings' 5-5 tie with Chicago on Monday night. SELECTED Washington goalie Olaf Koliig was selected NHL player of the week Monday after posting consecutive shutouts and helping the Capitals to three victories. 7 DAYS 9AM-2AM LOVE 439-7551 2946 Forest Hill Blvd. 3 lights W of I-95 F3IIDIELinrJ(& IswLS. 2946 Forest Hill Blvd. iovt Jutt 3 Lights W. Of I-S5 RELAX WITH US mmmi LLUi (561) 833-0399 Now Miring Z r-.-- -s I : m, m Tonite Thru Saturday at... Crystal's Showgirls I n rt n n U-VLiS ILM MOST OUTRAGEOUS PRIVATE DANCING! 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